Alberta Introduces Comprehensive Set of Policies Tackling Gender Ideology
Including a ban on surgeries for minors
On January 31, 2024, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith dropped a bomb that sent Canada’s woke progressives into a tailspin. What did she do? She released a comprehensive set of policies that seek to curtail the overwhelming excesses of gender ideology in our province’s schools, medical system, and sports.
These policies go much further than previous policies that have been implemented by the governments of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, which focused exclusively on schools.
Smith made the announcement via a video that was posted to X, Facebook, and YouTube, which you can watch below:
I have also put together a quick summary of the main points:
Top and bottom surgeries will be banned for anyone under 18.
Puberty blockers and hormones will be banned for anyone under 16.
Minors aged 16 and 17 will only be allowed to take puberty blockers and hormones with parental, physician, and psychologist approval.
Minors under 16 will require parental notification and approval for pronoun and name changes at school. Minors aged 16 and 17 do not need parental consent but parents will be notified.
Classroom instruction on gender identity, sexual orientation, and human sexuality will require parental notification and opt-in. Third-party resource material related to these subjects will require Ministry of Education approval.
The government will work with sporting organizations in the province to ensure that women and girls can compete in protected, female-only divisions.
The message is consistent and clear: Alberta’s government wants to preserve the right for children to grow and develop into mature adults who are ready to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.
If you listened to the opposition, however, you would think Smith had committed unspeakable atrocities.
Opposition member of the legislative assembly Janis Irwin posted on X that she is “absolutely heartbroken.” The mayor of Calgary, Alberta, Jyoti Gondek, went on a 6-post tirade calling the proposed policies an “infringement on human rights” and accused them of placing the “trans community” in harm’s way. Federal Health Minister Mark Holland said that he is “deeply disturbed” and hysterically insinuated that the policies would lead children to take their own lives.
These histrionics were matched by Lise Gotell, a professor at the University of Alberta who decided it would be appropriate to post:
From now on, members of Alberta's #LGBTQ2S community are required to wear pink triangles sewn onto their shirts.
“We are only doing this because we really love you,” insists Premier Dani. #ableg
The legal threats have started as well. Egale, Canada’s largest “2SLGBTQI” advocacy organization, announced that it would be joining forces with Skipping Stone, a trans advocacy organization that focuses on children, to bring legal action. I have previously written about Skipping Stone and its “trans sex work peer group,” which they offered alongside other groups that encourage minors to transition and take part in harmful practices like chest binding.
Despite all of this, Smith held a press conference the next day where she stood firm and showed that she had a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues at hand. The questions from the mainstream media were at times painful to listen to as the reporters, their voices dripping with contempt, tried to insinuate that Smith was targeting children for political points.
The most baffling question came from Jason Markusoff of CBC, who couldn’t figure out how Smith reconciled the idea that she was supporting children on their journey while trying to prevent them from making a terrible mistake that would alter their life and, in his words, “make them unable to have sex.”
No, really. Click to the 16:57 mark and listen to Markusoff fail to understand that protecting a child’s future is exactly what “supporting” them should mean.
Smith also mentioned at the press conference that she had met with my friend Lois Cardinal, a post-op transsexual who has been dealing with complications from “gender-affirming” surgery. That was part of the impetus behind a policy to attract medical professionals to Alberta who can assist trans-identified individuals with their unique and complex medical needs.
I was part of that meeting as well, and so was our friend James Decker. It has been incredibly heartening to see that the impressions I had of the Premier during that meeting have borne out. She was very engaged and interested in what we had to say, taking notes and asking all of the right questions. A month later, Smith also met with Linda Blade, the former president of Athletics Alberta and a wonderful advocate for women. It is obvious that Blade had a big hand to play in the sports portions of the policy.
Smith clearly consulted very widely on these issues and tried to create policies that took into account an array of different viewpoints and opinions without losing sight of the most important thing: protecting children.
Many have criticized Smith’s language, such as referring to trans-identified men as “transgender females,” as well as the fact that puberty blockers and hormones are permitted for minors at all. In my opinion, however, the most important consideration is that, with these policies in place, children will be allowed to go through their natural puberty. Hopefully, with the right enforcement, they will stop getting inundated with gender ideology propaganda at school as well.
Smith has helped push forward a crucial cultural conversation about these issues. While policies are important, especially right now when all of our institutions are captured, a changing cultural landscape will hopefully make such policies unnecessary one day.
Gender ideology cannot survive under the light of day, and Premier Smith has removed its cloak. Now, the people who believe we should be encouraging minors to make irreversible medical changes that will impact them for the rest of their lives are showing themselves, and it isn’t pretty.
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